Bedding is always a popular choice as a newborn baby gift, however when choosing the perfect bedding here are some guidelines:
Baby sheets and blankets need to be super soft for the baby’s skin. Blankets on the market for adults might seem silky soft to you but will feel similar to sandpaper on the skin of a newborn baby so buy blankets and bedding specifically made for babies. Materials such as flannel and double weave and knit cotton are popular choices. Also check the tags to ensure they are machine washable. The parents to be will not appreciate hand wash or dry-clean bedding.
In terms of getting the right measurements for the cot or crib most bedding is made to standard sizes and will fit most mattresses but check with the parents first. Bedding must fit the mattress snugly in order to reduce the risk from suffocation. Elasticated mattress covers are the safest as they are less likely to slip.
Check if the nursery has a theme or certain colour scheme also. You want to make sure your gift matches the décor.
Don’t worry about the parents having bought bedding already. Babies are messy and can have frequent accidents in the night so changes of bedding clothes are essential.